International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE)

A Masters’ level, fully online learning programme that helps further the careers of education professionals working outside the UK.

Our International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE) is a Master’s level, fully online learning programme that can help new and experienced teachers develop their practice.

This iPGCE is suitable for a mixture of teaching ability levels, making it ideal for those looking to take their first step into whole class teaching as well as more experienced teachers looking to improve their teaching and conduct research in areas of interest to them.

The course content is subject and phase specific which, along with a subject specialist pathway tutor, will help you to develop effective subject knowledge and pedagogy.

The programme is based on the English national curriculum, although the context driven programme tasks and assessments have been specifically designed so that they can be applied across a range of English language curricula including International Baccalaureate, Cambridge International or a blend.

To join our iPGCE programme you must:

  • Be in a teaching role by the time you start the programme in a school where the working language is English
  • Have the full support of your school for the entirety of the programme, who will need to appoint a suitable in-school mentor
  • Hold a degree awarded by a UK university or a recognised degree equivalent qualification
  • If English is not your first language, you must achieve IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no less than 6.0 in any element)
  • Have day-to-day access to a computer and the internet and regular access to a classroom context

Why choose Tes Institute?

Our iPGCE is one of the most accessible programmes of its kind due to its flexible, 100% online delivery. It will help you to develop your professional competence, giving you the ability to critically engage with a wide range of education issues. 

Tes Institute is a leading teacher training provider in England, qualifying hundreds of teachers and developing the subject knowledge of thousands of trainees each year.

The iPGCE draws upon decades of practical classroom-based teaching expertise and higher education provision to help you take the next step in your teaching career. 

That’s why teachers from 28 countries have already started their iPGCE with us this year.

How is the programme structured?

Your programme will consist of two core modules that blend applied teaching theory with practice, focusing on the relevant aspects of the professional role of a teacher as well as the aligned Teachers’ Standards.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore key features of learning and teaching in the context of international school systems, while developing your own practice through critical engagement and research on practice.


How is it delivered?

The iPGCE programme is delivered through an award-winning online platform called Learn. You'll be supported online by a subject-specialist pathway tutor and in-school by a mentor.

Experienced pathway tutors

All of our iPGCE pathway tutors are qualified teachers who specialise in developing qualified and unqualified teachers and have held school leadership positions.

Depending on your school and location, we may also be able to offer you some in-school support for an additional fee.

Your school mentor

Your school-appointed mentor will also support you throughout your iPGCE programme. They'll work closely with you to make sure that you’re working to your personal preparation plan and keeping on schedule. 

They’ll also play an essential role in facilitating your programme and making sure that your school and pathway tutor are working together, and that your school is accommodating your needs throughout your training.

It's your responsibility to check whether the iPGCE is recognised by your school and the country that you intend to teach in.

  • Fee: £3,500 plus VAT*
  • Support: online subject-specific pathway tutor
  • Curricula: any English language

Next start date:

Our next iPGCE programme will start in September 2020

UEL logo

We are proud to partner with the University of East London (UEL) to deliver this iPGCE. UEL is ranked in the world’s top 200 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2018 – and second in the UK for the quality of its teaching.

Together, we offer a unique iPGCE programme that blends applied teaching theory with practice, supported by experts from the classroom and academia.

Joanne Coles

Joanne Coles

iPGCE programme director

I've been an English teacher since 2003 and have taught across the age and ability range at secondary level. Teacher development and training has always been a passion of mine and I'm delighted to oversee our iPGCE, enabling teachers from around the world to identify critical incidents in their practice and seek research-based solutions.

The iPGCE we offer is an excellent way to help people new to the profession to take those vital first steps into the classroom, while also facilitating more experienced colleagues to undertake up-to-date, Masters' level research and hone their expertise in areas of professional interest to them.

Shortlisted for the Bett Awards 2020

We’re proud to say that our iPGCE has been shortlisted for the Bett Awards 2020 International Digital Educational Resource.

The Bett awards 2020 finalist logo awarded to Tes Institutes iPGCE course

Register an interest

Need help or want to talk to one of our international advisory team? Register your details and we'll get in touch.

Are you a school leader?

If you're looking at an iPGCE for a member of staff at your school, head over to our Tes for schools page.

*Subject to exceptions, VAT will be charged at the rate of 20 per cent.